If dead divers are cool then why bother with certification courses?...
Jerome - Divemaster/Corporate Banker
February 28, 2006 at 5:16:50
Yes we can AND DEFINITELY SHOULD continue to protect people from themselves and each other. That's why we have certification programs, DAN, hyperbaric chambers, medical oxygen, rescue training, accident investigations and so forth.
Scuba diving is much more like automobile driving than riding a horse or a bicycle. We require people to meet certain minimum standards before they are allowed to drive a car and in many countries people are required to take driving courses to get a driver's licence. And we do the same with scuba divers.
Your statement that people only endanger themselves is false. A cornerstone of diving safety is the buddy system. Therefore, when an inadequately trained diver messes up, at least one other person is at increased risk. Think about it: "Each to their own" is definitely NOT what diving is all about.